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Re: Monday Tip-Off: 2K's Overlooked Gambling Mechanic

Postby [Q] on Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:47 am

Wow, I had no idea this was an actual thing. Was this in 2k16? I think I might have remembered something similar in the game, but I could be mistaken

I do remember they started doing this in Fifa but I think you had to go to a website or something to set it all up.

This definitely should not be in the game. And to put an ATM there to encourage it is way too problematic. Much like the ATM at the casino or strip club, they're not forcing you to participate but they are really encouraging it. This would have been bad for me personally if this was 2k7 and I was still playing the game religiously like I was then because I definitely enjoyed my fair share of gambling. Much like poker, it's gambling against others in what is mostly a game of skill but at the casino the house takes a rake for its role in facilitating the game. Just like how in LUT auctions the game took a percentage of all auctioned cards. Does 2k let you bet straight up against opponents or do they take a cut?
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Re: Monday Tip-Off: 2K's Overlooked Gambling Mechanic

Postby Andrew on Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:54 am

It's actually been in the game since NBA 2K15. You can actually find posts praising it back then. I don't think there's a percentage taken out a la the auction fees in MyTEAM and LUT, but yeah, it's straight up gambling.
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Re: Monday Tip-Off: Revisiting My NBA 2K18 Dunking Issue

Postby Andrew on Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:19 pm

Monday Tip-Off: Revisiting My NBA 2K18 Dunking Issue

From the first iteration of MyPLAYER Archetypes to NBA 2K20's pie charts, player builds have been a contentious aspect of MyCAREER and its connected modes. The approach is intended to balance the game and allow us to create the type of player that best suits us, but in reality, it's proven to be very restrictive. Only a handful of builds are viable - especially when it comes to online play - and those tend to be noticeably overpowered. Conversely, a lot of the builds that aren't as viable are often outright broken, and not enjoyable to play with.

I encountered a very strange issue with dunking back in NBA 2K18, playing as a Sharpshooting Playmaker. Despite increasing my ratings, equipping the appropriate animations, and being very familiar with the advanced shooting controls, I was rarely able to get my player to dunk. Hearing that there might be an issue with tendencies for point guards created in The Prelude, I contacted 2K Support. Predictably, they were no help whatsoever. I've since made a few observations when creating similar builds in NBA 2K19 and NBA 2K20, and so this week, I'm briefly revisiting NBA 2K18's MyCAREER to see if I can actually resolve my dunking issue.
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Re: Monday Tip-Off: A Week Playing in The Rec

Postby Andrew on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:06 pm

Monday Tip-Off: A Week Playing in The Rec

Because I've been casually playing a bit of MyCAREER while waiting for the season to start and the rosters to be updated for a MyLEAGUE game, my player has levelled up enough to be viable to play with online. As such, I've gone to The Rec a couple of times to see what it's like this year. Not much has changed in terms of the quality of play or stability of the servers, but it's had its moments. To that end, I figured if I was able to keep my expectations low, it'd be fun to jump on every once in a while for a change of pace. It's a way of earning extra VC for MyTEAM packs if nothing else.

That led me to wonder if there were better nights than others to jump into The Rec for a game or two. I recalled that when the NLSC squad was playing multiple sessions of 2K Pro-Am per week in NBA 2K17, some days yielded more enjoyable experiences with good competition, while other days brought frustrating times with opponents who exploited cheesy tactics. I decided that I'd play The Rec every night for a week in order to see which night - if any - was the best to jump on. I was also interested to see how quickly I'd get sick of it, and whether I'd end up too frustrated with the mode to play it any more. What follows is a recap of my week playing in The Rec!
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Re: Monday Tip-Off: A Week Playing in The Rec

Postby Dee4Three on Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:07 am

I have to say, I found it disheartening when you said that your week at the rec wasn't as bad as you thought it would be, considering it seems you technically only have 2 good days out of 7.

Reading this reminds me why I stay offline. The ballhogging, quitting, childish antics, ridiculous commentary, lack of basketball IQ and teamwork would drive me up a wall. The "elitism" aspect would no doubt make me jump on the mic, and give them a piece of my mind. (Or shake my cane at them, or whatever you want to call it).

Good for you sticking with it, hopefully your experience becomes more consistently positive moving forward.
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Re: Monday Tip-Off: A Week Playing in The Rec

Postby Andrew on Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:33 pm

True, it's a sign of how low the bar is when it comes to playing with randoms. Playing in a squad is much better; at least then it comes down to opponents cheesing, and there are other squads out there who are more fun to play if you like a more realistic style. Although it was rough at times, I was encouraged by the fact other people wanted to play unselfish, winning basketball. Of course, it's also disheartening to think that we're outnumbered and the game isn't aimed at us.
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